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Starting this Friday, May 3, 2024, Applications for the Florida Alligator Super Hunt Will be Accepted

Thayne Muthler

Florida Alligator Hunting & Super Hunt 2024 Overview

With the alligator hunting season almost approaching in Florida, there's a fresh option for gator hunters. This Friday is the date that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will begin accepting applications for the Alligator Super Hunt.

The Alligator Super Hunt, in contrast to the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program, gives hunters a longer window of ten weeks to harvest two alligators. Although hunters can still boost their chances of being selected by submitting numerous applications at $5 apiece, a feature not accessible in the original program, this new hunt also uses a lottery system.

Florida's alligator hunting season runs from August 15 to November 8, but Alligator Super Hunt participants are allowed an extra month—until December 31—to harvest two alligators. Most legally accessible alligator management units will be open for hunting to those holding Alligator Super Hunt permits.

 See Florida Alligator Map.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced that there will be a range of 5 to 100 permits available per year for the Alligator Super Hunt, and the quota for this hunt will be determined on an annual basis. Starting from May 3 at 10 a.m., individuals can submit their applications for both the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program and the new Alligator Super Hunt, with the application period running until June 3. It is important to note that possessing a countywide alligator harvest permit does not grant permission to hunt in any of the designated harvest units.

Applications for Florida Alligator Super Hunt Open May 3, 2024

The FWC lists the following as legitimate Methods of Take for alligators:

  • It is permissible to use fishing rods with weighted treble hooks to catch alligators. It is also legal to use fishing rods with artificial lures.
  • Baited hardwood pegs (less than 2 inches long) can be used with a fishing rod or hand-held line to lawfully capture alligators.
  • Alligators may be lawfully taken by hand-line snatch hooks; alternatively, they may be lawfully obtained through the use of bang sticks, the sole weapon permitted for alligator hunting; or hand-held catch poles or other such tools.
Applications for Florida Alligator Super Hunt Open May 3, 2024

For participants in Florida's Statewide Alligator Harvest program, the following are legal ways to obtain gators:

  • Bows
  • Crossbows
  • Pre-charged pneumatic airbows
  • Gigs
  • Harpoons
  • Spears
  • Spearguns

Additional Information

According to estimates from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), there are roughly 1.3 million alligators in the state. The statewide recreational alligator harvest program has been recognized since 1988 as an effective illustration of the sustainable use of a renewable resource. Those who are interested can apply online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or, more conveniently, at any tax collector's office, license agent, or for the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program.